hormone replacement therapy, transgender

My 9-Month HRT Follow Up

Hi hi!

Today, I paid my doctor a visit to evaluate my hormone levels after 9 months.

I actually hadn’t seen the lab report from my 6 month follow-up, so I was interested in seeing how I was doing. After a little chit-chat and catching up, my doctor prints out my report and breaks things down for me.

The Good
The report mentions the “reference interval” range of testosterone for average adult males up to 40 years old is between 348-1197. Mine, by comparison, is at 8. So, my testosterone levels are minimal. I joked “doc, I could’ve told you that before I transitioned.” *rimshot*

The So-So
My estrogen level was at 46.5. My doctor tells me that the average range for women needs to be in the hundreds, so I’m being bumped up from 2 patches, twice a week to 3 patches, twice a week. To think I was moody before…

The “Let’s Keep An Eye On It”
The most notable thing my doctor pointed out was that my prolactin level was at 26.3. As a preventative measure (he assured me it’s rare that someone at that level would show anything concerning), I’m being sent to get an MRI. This is to ensure that my pituitary gland looks ok and has no abnormal growths. Am I a little nervous? Sure. However, he assures me that there are plenty of options for treatment should anything arise.

As a bonus, my doctor rewrote my prescriptions with my new name. That was nice.

I’ll be posting another update once I hear the results of my MRI back. Until then, be good to each other and GO SHARKS!

hormone replacement therapy, transgender

HRT: Week 4

Wow, it’s been a month already?!? Time flies when your emotions are all over the place.

Basically.

Joking aside, though, the major changes I’ve seen are:

  • Mood Swings: Oh, they are starting. So far, I haven’t gone from zero-to-cryfest yet, but I am definitely feeling less and less in-control of my feelings.
  • Increased Appetite: I am ready to eat anything and everything in sight. Thankfully my low-carb eating habits help keep that somewhat at bay, but I’m finding it harder to stay away from my local Chipotle…or WingStop…or Starbucks…or [insert restaurant here].

As an aside, I’ve noticed that I have seen some more muscle definition in my lower body (thighs specifically), but I think the weeks’ worth of elliptical & stair master time in the gym have helped there.

My doctor is keeping on the same dosage I started out with for now, and I’m to have a follow-up in the next month to look at my hormone levels & check for any irregularities & if then is a good time to start raising my dosages.

Cheers!

hormone replacement therapy, transgender

HRT: Week 3

Hi friends!

It’s taken me quite a bit of thinking to come up with what to write for this week’s HRT report…mostly because, from week to week, things change gradually. It’s only after a few weeks that you see the culmination of weeks’ worth of changes & growth. That said, here are the things I’ve noticed over the past week:

  • Facial Hair Growth*: I’ve seen that my facial hair is starting to grow in less and less. When it does, it feels thinner. It’s really nice not looking like I just walked out of the wilderness, 2 days after shaving.


    Increased Emotional Sensitivity: I’ve picked up on my emotions being more attuned than usual (even in comparison to my last report). I’ve always considered myself an empathetic person, and the estrogen seems to be increasing that. Reading news stories will definitely affect my mood. Perusing through stories about trans discrimination put me in a fairly blue mood, and it took a visit to the gym to feel even halfway better.

Also worthy of note this week is that I’m down to a week’s worth of medication. I’m not sure if my general practitioner will have me do blood work soon, or if he’ll keep me on the same dosages of Spiro & Estradiol. Stay tuned!

* Disclamer: I’ve also started laser hair removal on my face, so my facial hair is also growing out unevenly.